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Number of refugees from Ukraine has reached 2.5 million, says UN

Photo obtained from UN News- © UNHCR/Chris Melzer. Families carry their belongings through the Zosin border crossing in Poland after fleeing Ukraine.

By Radina Gigova/Atlanta and Nadine Schmidt/Berlin, March 11(CNN): The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said Friday that the number of people who have fled from Ukraine has now hit 2.5 million.

"The number of refugees from Ukraine — tragically — has reached today 2.5 million," Grandi said on his official Twitter account.

"We also estimate that about two million people are displaced inside Ukraine. Millions forced to leave their homes by this senseless war," he said.

More than 1.5 million of those who have left have gone to Poland, Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Thursday.

Over 110,000 refugees have also arrived in Germany from Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion just over two weeks ago, according to Germany's interior ministry.

German Federal Police registered 109,183 refugees -- including more than 13,270 people from the day before, Germany's interior ministry said in a statement on Friday.

However, due to the absence of border checks between Poland and Germany, where most Ukrainian refugees are coming from, the actual number of incoming people could be significantly higher, the ministry added.